I hope many of you stood alongside me shouting as if we were watching a janky horror movie at a deserted theater at like 3 a.m. NO DON’T GO IN THERE KASUGA WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS IS A TERRIBLE IDEAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!! The power of silence and the looming threat of a sure-to-be angry Nakamura coming home at any moment. I’d speculate about what’s actually in her room, but I doubt there’s going to be a row of corpses hanging from the ceiling, or anything like that, so what’s the point? (Note: Please let there be a row of corpses hanging from the ceiling.)
It’s almost amusing how much this episode brings the pace to a crawl; it’s almost too slow even for me, but my mind was heavy and abuzz with many things before I watched this episode, and it was calm afterward, so I am not going to complain. Is this my iyashikei? My mind is so soothed! Frayed nerves and the awkwardness of youth create the balm that heals my tired brain. Who knew?
I wonder if Kasuga seriously thought he could get through to Nakamura with his essay. It strikes me as a sincere, serious effort, but he words it like a little kid apologizing to his teacher for swearing on the playground or something like that, like his mom hovered over his shoulder the whole time he wrote that essay. It is a truly adorable act of contrition. Even if Nakamura bothered to listen to Kasuga, she’d probably die laughing at how corny it is. If Kasuga wants Nakamura to listen to him, then I guess rummaging through her room without her permission is the best way to do it — at least she’ll be focused on him for a few seconds before she tears him to pieces. Yeah, this is still a bad idea. Don’t make this a habit, Kasuga, lest you morph fully into a creepy stalker dude!
Occasionally I like to look at the Flowers of Evil manga just to see how the source looks compared to this series. Then I saw Nakamura’s dad and was like, “Whaaaaaaat?!” The actor doesn’t look 100 percent like his manga counterpart, and of course I can’t be sure how much the rotoscoping contributes to this without seeing his actual image, but still, that is some uncanny casting. Real life dude is cooler, though, because of those dope sideburns. Forget Flowers of Evil — this guy should be the father figure in a ’70s robot anime with ‘burns like those.
But, yes, with the visit to Nakamura’s home we get a larger peek into her life. Her dad is easygoing, but really, he could just as easily be near dead inside. He doesn’t really pay much attention to Nakamura’s movements, mostly trusting that she’ll make her way home eventually. He at least seems happy that Nakamura seemingly has a friend. He doesn’t totally understand Nakamura, and doesn’t really know how to go about doing that, either. That can’t feel too great. We don’t know too much about the circumstances behind his divorce, or how Nakamura related to her mother or anything like that, and I doubt we’ll get much of that, either. Just little hints and things like that. It would seem weird to me if there were some easy, pat explanation for Nakamura’s behavior, anyway. Certainly, though, having what seems like zero direction from her family is an ingredient, even if both her father and grandmother do appear to care for Nakamura quite a bit.
Ah, the whole thing makes me sad.